Family members complete certificate program together

[BEAVER, W.Va.] Last fall Lloyd Lilly and Roger Ballard began their journey in New River Community and Technical College’s electric distribution engineering technology program, preparing them to work in the line service industry. The two share a few connections: working in the coal industry, Lilly in the mines for 11 years and Ballard building mine equipment for ten; completing their program of study and family. The men are brother-in-laws.
Both Lilly and Ballard participated in the Learn and Earn program working with Pike Electric in Atlanta. The Learn and Earn initiative, sponsored by the state, allows students in technical degree programs to be employed interns by sponsoring companies and the state of West Virginia reimburses the employer 50% of the student’s salary. 

On May 3, their family attended New River CTC’s annual Technology Expo.
“The Technology Expo gives our students the opportunity to show their families, friends and potential employers what they have learned,” said New River CTC President Dr. L. Marshall Washington. “This event is a celebration of what they’ve accomplished and it connects them to future opportunities.”
During the event, students in the electric distribution engineering technology (line service) program provided demonstrations and received recognition for their achievements. Both Lilly and Ballard talked to prospective employers, and Lilly has since been offered a position with Nicholas Construction.
For Ballard 2017 will bring more than a degree and a new career, as he’ll gain a new title, “Dad.” Ballard and his wife welcomed a daughter at the end of May.
New River CTC offers both the Certificate of Applied Science in Electric Distribution Engineering Technology and Advanced Skills Set Certificate in Utility Mechanic. Programs are designed to provide technical skills for careers with electric, cable and telephone companies; construction companies; subcontractors; railroads; municipalities and the oil and gas industry.
For information about the EDET program, contact New River CTC Visiting Instructional Specialist of Line Service Mechanic Mike King at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304-929-3308. For information on admissions and the programs offered at New River CTC, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 866-349-3739.
New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver/Beckley).
Photo caption: Lloyd Lilly (right) and Roger Ballard (left) during New River CTC’s Technology Expo at the Advanced Technology Center, Ghent.


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